Features

Details

  • Two satellite payloads offering service in the X-band frequency range of 7.25-8.4 GHz
  • XTAR-EUR – 29° E
    • Launched in 2005
    • Coverage area includes Eastern Brazil and the Atlantic Ocean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia as far east as Singapore
  • XTAR-LANT – 30° W
    • Launched in 2006
    • Coverage area includes North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and the Atlantic Ocean
  • Satellites are Space Systems/Loral modular platform 1300 flight-proven spacecraft designed for 18-plus years of on-orbit operation
  • Spacecraft attitude maintained to within 0.02° in roll, pitch, and yaw

High Throughput

  • High-powered 72 MHz transponders can accommodate exceptionally high data throughput requirements
  • Global, fixed, and steerable beams can be stacked to support requirements of a specific geographic region
  • Dual polarization provides for flexibility and increased capacity

Flexibility

  • On-board switching and steerable spot beams allow for urgent repositioning of resources to fulfill short notice and mobile requirements
  • Repositioning of steerable spot beams offer near real-time response, potentially in minutes from receipt of request

Interoperability

  • Compatible with all existing government and military X-band terminals with no modifications required

Non-Preemptibility

  • Guaranteed, dedicated X-band service not subject to prioritization of users
  • Redundant, secure space and ground segments for assured access

Security

  • Caribou encrypted command and control links
  • XTAR-EUR and XTAR-LANT are controlled and monitored through an extensive, geographically-dispersed, independent and secure Ground Control System (GCS) operated at MAC I configuration
  • Leveraged, diversified ground control connectivity of fleet and payload control systems

Redundant Coverage

  • Continental United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa, South America, & the Indian Ocean region
  • The system provides overlapping coverage with regional redundancy for increased service and reliability